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Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, CA, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.


Youth Ambassador Program 2018

July 9, 2018

The International Rescue Committee’s Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) strives to engage high school students in a conversation about current events and issues facing the global community.


Refugee youth pursue future dreams

Local refugee youth will attend UC Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.


IRC Perspective: Refugee Youth Overcome Unique Challenges to Academic Success

Each year over half of the refugees resettled by the IRC in San Diego are children; in 2016 56% of new arrivals were under 18 years old. Having reached the US, their futures are brighter than the uncertainty, conflict and violence they left behind but as they enter the American education system, refugee youth face a unique set of barriers to academic success.


Family Reunites as new Executive Order is put on hold

After four years of waiting to come to the US, Nadia Hasan Madalo and her family were in the air on the way to San Diego when the most recent Executive Order on refugees was put on hold, giving other families the same chance.


March IRC Insider: Information Session + Fundraiser

March 31, 2017

Information session and fundraiser at The Rose Wine Bar in South Park.


International Women’s Day Celebration Highlights Strength, Resilience of Refugee Women

Refugee women and girls share their personal journeys and future goals through poems and stories.


IRC Viewpoint: Living in Limbo

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created in order to help those that immigrated to the United States when they were children, usually through circumstances out of their control.


Funds Needed for Refugee Youth Scholarships

Each year the IRC in San Diego provides scholarships to support refugee youth heading to two- or four-year college. Help us reach our goal of providing at least 15 scholarships this year!


Project CHOP

The IRC in San Diego’s new social enterprise, Project CHOP, employs newly arrived refugees to handcraft vegetable platters paired with original flavorful dips inspired by the extraordinary culinary traditions of San Diego’s refugee communities.


"They are our hope for the future..."

Families find hope in the opportunities their children will have in the US